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More Heat Records Fell In Los Angeles Today

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Downtown Los Angeles saw record heat of 91 degrees Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The last heat record for Nov. 16 was 88 degrees, set in 2008. Other heat records fell in Long Beach, Burbank and at LAX, according to the weather service:

Here's a roundup of other Southern California records that fell:

  • SAN DIEGO: 90 (86 IN 2008)
  • VISTA: 89 (84 IN 2002)
  • CHULA VISTA: 86 (83 IN 2005)
  • SAN JACINTO: 91 (89 IN 2008)
  • ESCONDIDO: 94 (91 IN 1949)
  • RAMONA: 90 (87 IN 2008)
  • BIG BEAR: 67 (66 IN 2006)
  • IDYLLWILD: 79 (78 IN 1949)

The weather service also warned that the heat, along with low moisture and gusty winds, would create fire danger for the region through Tuesday.

Those dry gusts were expected to briefly push the fire weather conditions to critical levels during the day today and into the evening. But a cold front is expected to settle back over the region starting Tuesday and Wednesday, with potential rainfall along the Central Coast.

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LA Will Ramp Up Enforcement Of Coronavirus Restrictions, Begin Testing At LAX

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In strong language hearkening to his "stay at home" order from the early days of the pandemic, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday reiterated the state and county's advice to avoid travel and warned that the city will expand its enforcement efforts against businesses that break the rules.

"If you don't have essential travel, don't travel," the mayor said in a live-streamed public statement. (You can watch above.) "If you don't have to take a trip as an essential worker or because of a family emergency, don't travel."

The county and the state had earlier advised people to avoid all non-essential travel out of the region and the state. If you must travel, the recommendation is to self-quarantine for two full weeks when you return.

In an effort to cut down on the area's rising transmission rates, which doubled in the past week, Garcetti said the city would ramp up enforcement of its current health rules:

"I've directed our city departments to expand enforcement efforts for businesses that are still not in compliance with our public health protocols, and we will issue citations under the administrative citation enforcement program, and revoke permits for businesses who violate our requirements and put all of us at risk."

In answer to follow-up questions from reporters, the mayor noted in particular he was concerned at seeing patrons at restaurants sitting together without wearing masks, even when not eating or drinking.

MORE TESTING

The mayor also said the city and county would beef up its local testing programs.

Among the expanded testing that will be offered:

  • Increased mobile testing from three to five units (each can test 200-500 people a day)
  • PCR tests offered at LAX's international terminal, along with terminals 2 and 6, with results within 24 hours
  • A super walk-up site opening Nov. 23 in the northeast San Fernando Valley, at a specific location to be determined, will provide approximately 3,000 daily COVID and flu tests, flu shots and rapid antigen testing for people with symptoms

Garcetti stressed that the purpose of testing at LAX was not to encourage non-essential travel on planes, but to serve those who cannot avoid traveling.

The mayor closed with a now-familiar refrain:

"Take this seriously and follow the rules. And let's beat back this virus once and for all. Be safe, stay healthy, and please, stay at home."

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A COVID Vaccine Could Be Ready By January. How Will Distribution Work?

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An experimental vaccine against COVID-19 from Moderna is said to be nearly 95% effective, marking a second major step forward in the quest to end the pandemic. (Joel Saget/AFP)

Another big announcement in the race to create a COVID-19 vaccine today – early data shows a vaccine created by the drugmaker Moderna is 94.5% effective in preventing the coronavirus. This follows last week's announcement that another vaccine, made by Pfizer, is 90% effective, based on preliminary trials.

Both the Pfizer and Moderna models are a new type of vaccine, which targets the body's mRNA to produce proteins of the virus, teaching the body how to fight it.

Both vaccines are also still in clinical trial and need to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use. But experts say there's a chance either one (or even both) could be ready for distribution by January.

HOW WOULD THEY BE TRANSPORTED AND STORED?

Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, infectious disease specialist at UC San Francisco, explained to AirTalk host Larry Mantle Monday morning that one thing to take into consideration for vaccine distribution is the storage temperature.

The Pfizer vaccine requires storage temperatures of -70 degrees Celsius -- about -94 degrees Farenheight. By contrast, the Moderna vaccine needs a storage temp of about -20 degrees Celsius, which is -4 degrees Fahrenheit.

There are some vaccines that may come out in the future that only require refrigeration, but these two frontrunners, being mRNA vaccines, do need some pretty cold temperatures, which means we'd need distribution centers like Walgreens or CVS to have the infastructure to support complex freezing systems.

HOW WOULD DISTRIBUTION WORK?

California, Chin-Hong said, is one of five regions that have been earmarked by Operation Warp Speed to be models for vaccine distribution. "But the details are not very apparent," he said.

Why? Because vaccine distribution is part of America's national security plan, and with President Trump currently refusing to concede the election results, there's no clear hand-off to the next administration. That's a problem because President-elect Biden will take office in January, which is exactly when most of these vaccines will (ideally) be ready for roll out.

"Suffice to say, a lot of people are walking around in the dark about distribution at this point," Chin-Hong said.

WHO WILL GET PRIORITY IN LA COUNTY?

In Monday's media briefing, L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said the priority list for vaccines will look something like this:

  1. Health care workers
  2. Essential workers who have close contact with people at high-risk for the virus, as well as "our most vulnerable, fragile residents," particularly those in skilled nursing facilities
  3. Everyone else

Ferrer said the public health department has been working on a distribution plan since May to make sure that "everybody who lives in L.A. County has good information, so that they can make a decision about getting vaccinated and feel comfortable that the vaccines that are being distributed are safe and effective, and that we have a system in place so no one gets left out."


She added that health officals want to make sure that there are no "vaccine deserts" and will be using similar strategies to those they used in setting up testing centers to make sure that everyone in the county has access to a distribution center and that there is enough vaccine available for the general population.

Doses will be distributed through pharmacies and "federally qualified health centers."

WILL THE MILITARY BE INVOLVED IN DISTRIBUTION?

Yes, but we don't know any details yet.

HOW LONG WOULD IMMUNITY LAST?

We don't know yet, but participants in the clinical trials for both vaccines will be periodically monitored for antibodies, so that researchers can figure out when and if members of the public would need a booster vaccine down the road.

The drug manufacturers estimate immunity may last longer than a year, but it's unclear exactly how long.

WHAT'S THE TIMELINE FOR ALL THIS?

Moderna is promising 20 million doses by the end of 2020, which would effect about 10 million people (each person receives two doses). Pfizer is promising 50 million doses, so that's potentailly a total of 70 million doses by January.

In 2021, we could have up to 1.3 billion doses from Pfizer and a similar amount from Moderna.

In addition, there are at least 10 other companies in Phase 3 trials around the world and at least three other companies developing vaccines as part of America's Operation Warp Speed.

Still, we shouldn't be overly optimistic about when these vaccines will be distributed to everyone, Chin-Hong said:

"Having a vaccine available from the manufacturer is one thing, but the devil is in the details. Getting it from the manufacturers into the arms of the average community member would require so many steps, like, how are you going to keep the vacccine so cold? And when you defrost the vaccine, it has a short shelf life -- will you have to throw away doses if you can't use it in time? All of these things are, you know, potential barriers."

Distributing the vaccine would also require public health officials to use information technology to keep track of who's received doses (and when and where they received them).

"You can imagine being in L.A. for your first vaccine and maybe you visit your mom in New York for your second dose," Chin-Hong says. "Someone needs to keep track of all that."

The process will require a team of epidimeologists, large databases and complex machine learning to collate all of that data.

Dr. Ferrer said she's hopeful that L.A. County will be able to start administering vaccines to the general population sometime in the Spring of 2021, with this caveat:

"They've got to be approved. And then we've got to make sure that they're manufactured at a very high volume. I also want to note there's lots of other promising [vaccines] that are in development, and that may have less restrictions attached to them in terms of cold change storage requirements, needing two doses not one ... So I feel pretty hopeful that a few months from now, there [will also be] other vaccines that we may be able to use in L.A. County and across the world."

WHY ARE SOME FOLKS NERVOUS ABOUT A VACCINE?

The optics of the Trump administration promising a vaccine by the election were not ideal, Chin-Hong said. That made some people nervous about the vaccine being rushed to trial and production. The name of the government vaccine initiative, Operation Warp Speed, probably didn't help, he added.

The good news is that the vaccine isn't going to be rushed scientifically. The science itself still has to be verified in all the usual ways. Operation Warp Speed just means that the bureacracy of releasing a vaccine "is going to be minimized as much as possible," Chin-Hong said.

The data we have now suggests that even though the release of these two frontrunner vaccines isn't going to happen for at least a few months, both should be safe.

Scientists are currently studying the effect these vaccines might have on immunocompromised individuals, such as those living with HIV, as well as older people and those with other underlying medical conditions.

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LA County's Coronavirus Case Rate Doubled In A Week: 'Rethink Your Holiday Plans'

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File: L.A. County Department of Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer provides an update on how the county is responding to the coronavirus crisis. (Screenshot via YouTube courtesy L.A. County)

The adjusted coronavirus case rate in L.A. County has nearly doubled in the past week, from 7.6 to 13.7 new cases per 100,000 people, according to the latest figures released by the local health department.

The county is now seeing more than 3,000 new cases per day, and even with a weekend reporting lag that tends to deflate the numbers, there were nearly 2,800 new cases Monday, according to L.A. County public health director Barbara Ferrer. These are numbers the county hasn't seen since late July.

Ferrer said it's important for all businesses and residents to "return to the mindset we had earlier in the pandemic, where we were following the rules," echoing a travel advisory issued by the state on Friday.

"Rethink your holiday plans and cancel any plans for travel outside the region in the coming weeks. If you have plans to celebrate Thanksgiving with others who are not in your household, please make sure that you'll celebrate outdoors with only two other households. If you need to be indoors, this can only happen with members of your immediate family."

Ferrer said we have reached "a very dangerous point in the pandemic" given the increase in cases and hospitalizations. The positivity rate in L.A. County is now 5.3% compared with 3.8% last week.

She said because the virus has become more widespread, it is a good idea to assume you and anyone you come in contact with could be infected, even if there are no symptoms.

There is some light at the end of the tunnel, with some positive news about vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer, but we will not be able to get past the surge without returning immediately to some of the precautionary measures taken by residents and businesses in the past:

"There's no path forward for our recovery, until we get this pandemic back under control. A surge like the one we're experiencing is not inevitable because the weather is colder, because we are fatigued."

Ferrer said we should "honor and thank all of our essential workers" by not getting infected or passing the disease on to others.

L.A. COUNTY BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 6 new deaths
  • 7,275 deaths to date
  • 2,795 new cases
  • 342,343 cases to date
  • 1,049 hospitalized
  • 3.4 million tested

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LAUSD School Reopenings Will Happen In Phases, From Youngest To Oldest Students

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LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner. (Screenshot from live stream)

Whenever L.A. Unified School District campuses are allowed to reopen in Los Angeles, they won't open all at once.

During his weekly update Monday, Superintendent Austin Beutner said the district will reopen schools in three phases:

"The current thinking is we'll start with Early Education Centers and elementary schools over the course of the first week when it's safe and appropriate to do so, middle schools the next week, and high schools the week after. All students and staff returning to schools will need to receive COVID tests sometime the week prior to their school reopening."

Right now, there's no real timeline for when all campuses will reopen, but Beutner has said that won't happen until January at the earliest.

Last Friday, the district announced it had reached a tentative agreement on reopening protocols with the union that represents principals and administrators.

The LAUSD Board of Education has to approve that deal. Negotiations with the teachers' union are continuing.

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All Southern California Moves To Most Restrictive COVID-19 Tier; State Pulls 'Emergency Brake' On Reopening

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Gov. Gavin Newsom delivered an update on California's response to coronavirus, including many counties moving back to the most restrictive tier and the announcement of a potential curfew. You can read highlights below or watch the full video above.

California's daily COVID-19 cases have doubled in the last 10 days, the fastest increase seen in the state since the start of the pandemic. A slide in Newsom's presentation read, "We are sounding the alarm."

The highest rate seen previously was in June, when there was a one-week 39.2% increase — between Nov. 1 and Nov. 7, there was a 51.3% increase.

AN "EMERGENCY BRAKE" ON REOPENING; STATE CURFEW UNDER CONSIDERATION

There were previously 13 counties in the most restrictive purple tier — there are now 41 of the state's 58 counties in purple. This includes all of Southern California, though L.A. County was still in purple before this announcement. There are 11 counties remaining in red, 4 in orange, and 2 in the lowest yellow tier.

Ghaly said that, hopefully, rates will start coming down by the end of December and forward movement on reopening can begin again.

Newsom announced that the state is "pulling an emergency brake" as part of the state's reopening blueprint, and they are now tightening restrictions.

The governor said that a statewide curfew is also under consideration. He is looking at curfew strategies from other countries, states, and cities.

Counties will now move back into a more restrictive reopening tier after 1 week of data that doesn't meet standards for being in a lower tier, rather than 2 weeks.

Some counties are set to move multiple tiers backwards at one time.

Counties that move back have to make changes to businesses/industries in a 24-hour period instead of after three days as has been the practice previously. Enforcement will be phased in.

Due to the urgency, Newsom said, changes are being announced today rather than waiting for California Health Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly's weekly Tuesday press conference. The state will also assess tiers for different counties again mid-week.

Ghaly said that the reason for this shift is that the state's health care system is coming under stress. He expressed the importance of keeping transmission low to prevent flooding the system, as well as the importance of keeping health care workers safe during the winter as cases increase.

More updates on restrictions will be coming in "real-time" going forward, rather than waiting for Newsom's Monday press conferences and Dr. Ghaly's Tuesday press conferences, Newsom said.

CALIFORNIA'S PREPARATION FOR THIS SURGE, FOR THE VACCINE

There are 11 health care surge facilities throughout the state, Newsom said. There is also the abiliity to set up more within 24-96 hours, with a total capacity if needed of 1,872 beds. The first of those surge facilities being put into use is in Imperial County.

Newsom expressed optimism about the vaccine, noting that it moves the response to COVID-19 "from a marathon to a sprint." The state is planning for safe, equitable, and transparent distribution of COVID-19 vaccine, as well as working on preparing for unknowns. They've also set up expert committees on safety and distribution. Newsom noted that one of those experts, as well as other Californians, have joined President-Elect Joe Biden's national team.

California has already been working with both Pfizer and Moderna ahead of the release of their vaccines. Some of the timelines are behind schedule, according to Newsom, but the effectiveness of those vaccines is significantly higher than some preliminary projections.

The state has an inventory of 180 million N95 masks, as well as 342 million surgical masks, along with a stockpile of other personal protective equipment (PPE).

HOW TO KEEP TRANSMISSION LOW

Ghaly stressed the importance of wearing a mask while in public. He noted that, when gathering with people you don't live with in any setting, transmission can be caused by lowering your mask for any reason.

The state has been tracking "household transmission," which is where someone transmits COVID-19 to others in their home, potentially due to working outside the household. Between a third and a half of family members get infected. He said this was something to take particular note of if you live with someone who is older or more vulnerable to COVID-19, even if you're asymptomatic.

The state put out guidance for gatherings last week. Ghaly emphasized that:

  • Gatherings should be kept short
  • You shouldn't gather indoors with other households in purple or red counties
  • In orange and yellow counties, keep windows and doors open, wear a mask, and distance
  • High-risk individuals should avoid gatherings, but if they attend a gathering, they should wear a surgical mask or N95 mask that fits snugly

Ghaly also talked about the travel advisory issued last week. It is not a ban, but the state is discouraging non-essential out of state travel.

For those that do travel out-of-state (or have guests from out-of-state), California is asking them to do a 14-day self-quarantine after returning to the state (or after their guests leave). This is especially true when traveling to places with a higher rate of transmission, including in the middle of the country. Ghaly encouraged Californians to stay local, perhaps keeping travel within a two-to-three-hour drive.

The state plans to issue additional guidance on wearing a mask and other ways people can protect themselves and others as more activity moves from outside to inside as the weather gets colder.

LATEST COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

There were 9,890 new COVID-19-positive cases in the most recent reporting period — the seven-day average is 8,198 cases.

There is a 4.6% positivity rate over the past 14 days, up 1.4% in those two weeks — the 7-day rate is 5%. This compares with a national rate of 9.8%. But, Newsom said, the rate of increase is still alarming.

There has been a 48% increase in COVID-19-positive hospitalizations over the past 14 days. There are currently 3,852 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in California, which makes up 5% of the state's capacity. He noted that there are other states where more than 50% of the state's hospital capacity is being used by COVID-19 patients.

There has been a 38.8% increase in COVID-19-positive admissions to ICU beds in the past 14 days. They occupy 13% of the state's ICU beds, with 20,707 ventilators still available.

The state is currently at an average of 164,345 COVID-19 tests being conducted per day. There were 202,000 tests conducted in the most recent reporting period.

NEWSOM APOLOGIZES FOR GOING TO FRIEND'S BIRTHDAY PARTY AT RESTAURANT

Ahead of questions from reporters, Newsom apologized for going to a friend's 50th birthday party. It was outdoors at the French Laundry restaurant in Napa, which was in the orange restriction tier. He gathered with a number of other couples.

The event started at 4 p.m., but Newsom said that he arrived a little late at 4:30 p.m.

"As soon as I sat down at the larger table, I realized it was a little larger group than I had anticipated. And I made a bad mistake," Newsom said. "Instead of sitting down, I should have stood up, and walked back, got in my car, and drove back to my house."

While it may have been OK under the county guidelines, Newsom said, he knows it wasn't in the spirit of where the state is at with COVID-19. He said that he needs to practice what he preaches, and added that he's been at three dinners outside the household since the pandemic began. Two were with just his wife — this was the first with those from other households, Newsom said.

JANUARY BUDGET: CALIFORNIA REVENUE HIGHER THAN EXPECTED

The state has taken in $11.4 billion more in revenue than expected, and that in the January budget proposal, Newsom said that supporting California's businesses will be a top priority. Newsom said that he will be working with the new Biden administration and Congress on a new stimulus to support both individuals and small businesses.

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Don't Travel This Thanksgiving Holiday (But If You Must, Here Are Some Tips For Doing It Safely)

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Traffic will be down during the Thanksgiving holiday compared to previous years, but it may not be as clear as depicted in this aerial view of the 5, 10, 60, and 101 freeways during the early days of lockdown. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

As coronavirus cases surge around the country, California is among the states now urging people not to travel out of the state for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. If you do, you should quarantine for 14 days when you return.

The state health department issued the travel advisory Friday for all non-essential travel, urging Californians to stay home or in their region.

So what's non-essential travel? In a nutshell, that means anyone traveling for recreation and tourism or visiting family and friends.

"Every contact you have everywhere you go increases the number of people that you're in contact with, and those are all opportunities for transmission, increasing the risk of transmission, and increasing the number of cases," said Dr. Dean Blumberg, professor of medicine and chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UC Davis Children's Hospital.

Speaking to our public affairs show AirTalk on Friday, Blumberg continued:

"So if people think it's overkill, you know, people are dying from this. And our hospitals are filling up. And it's estimated that if things continue along the same lines that sometime at the end of January or in February, we're not going to have enough ICU beds in California. We're going to look like New York did in the spring."

California's test positivity rate is now 4% over the past 14-day period. That's up a full point from Oct. 29.

The governors of Washington and Oregon also signed on to the travel advisory.

So what about those who have to travel for work or other "essential" travel (which the health department defines as "work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security")?

Whether essential or non-essential, you can still expect an uptick in traffic compared to the usual (lack of) pandemic congestion.

AAA notes that people are expected to travel shorter distances and, therefore, more likely by car (95%) than by plane.

Airlines are expected to see about half the volume of prior years, down to 2.4 million travelers. Compare that with the 47.8 million people expected to travel by car. That's fewer cars on the road than in 2019, which saw 49.9 million people traveling by automobile — but it could still be a lot.

If you're one of those braving a flight, you're likely seeing lower fares than usual— the lowest in three years, according to AAA.

For everyone else planning to drive, the busiest travel corridor in the L.A. area during the Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 25-29) is expected to be the I-5 South from Colorado Street to I-5/605, AAA reports.

If you do plan to travel, AAA offers the following tips:

  • Plan ahead: Check with state and local authorities to find out what restrictions may be in place.
  • Follow public health guidance: Observing a social distance of at least 6 feet and wearing a face mask has been shown to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Play it safe.
  • Call the hotel before you go: Ask about what precautions they're taking for guests, what social distancing or mask policies you'll need to follow, and what amenities are available. For instance, will the hotel restaurant be open?
  • For car rentals: Call the rental agency to find out what they do to disinfect vehicles. Either way, wipe down all door handles, the steering wheel, shifter and control panels.
  • For air travelers: Wipe down your chair, armrests, belt buckle and tray table before use, just to be safe.

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Long Beach Will Provide Living Stipends For Artists

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A beach path in Long Beach. (Lita Martinez/LAist)

The city of Long Beach will offer $500 monthly stipends to 150 artists who are out of work because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The application-based program is intended to help recipients cover basic necessities, for a period of six months.

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said creative workers are struggling to stay in the city .

“We don’t want to lose people forever,” he said. “This something that really I hope many more cities take on.”

Long Beach joins San Francisco, which is launching a $1,000 monthly stipend for artists.

Garcia said the Long Beach experiment is a precursor to a citywide universal income program.

“I think guaranteed income programs are the future,” he said, “so programs like this should be experimented [with] … in as many places as possible.”.

Long Beach previously provided federal stimulus funds to some renters. This program also taps federal funding.

City officials hope to begin sending payments to qualifying artists in January.

New Huntington Beach Facility Will Provide Housing To Homeless People

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An unhoused Angeleno staying under a freeway underpass. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

A new facility dedicated to homeless services will open in Huntington Beach this month. The center will provide emergency shelter for 174 adult men and women.

Larry Haynes, the CEO of Mercy House, the nonprofit organization that will manage the new facility, said his first priority is creating multiple housing plans for each resident.

“Housing works for almost everyone, even folks that you think could never have sustained permanent housing before,” he said. “We’re getting people placed.”

Mercy House also provides wraparound services, such as employment counseling and mental health support. Residents will come from the Huntington Beach area and will likely be referred to the new center through other service providers.

The center has been years in the making; a previous site was scrapped following a lawsuit from residents and businesses.

Vacant Caltrans Houses Now Legally Occupied By Homeless Families

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Reclaimers Martha Escudero and Sandra Saucedo hold up a welcome mat. (Courtesy Reclaiming Our Homes)

Earlier this year, a group of unhoused and housing-insecure families drew national attention when they began occupying 13 vacant Caltrans-owned homes in El Sereno.

Now, more than seven months later, members of the "Reclaiming Our Homes" movement are moving into some of those properties legally, as part of an unprecedented partnership between the state transit agency and the city.

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Morning Briefing: Housing For LA’s Families

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A small homeless encampment at City Hall in downtown Los Angeles, March 24. Chava Sanchez/ LAist

Good morning, L.A.

As the coronavirus pandemic shows no signs of slowing down, unhoused and housing-insecure Angelenos are facing ongoing risk of contracting the virus. In March, a group of families occupied 13 vacant homes in El Sereno in an effort to stay safe – and now, they’re moving in for good.

LAist contributor Zoie Matthew reports that the group met repeatedly with city and state officials to work out a deal, and that all 13 families who originally occupied the homes will be able to stay. The houses are owned by CalTrans, purchased as part of a long-abandoned effort to expand the 710 Freeway.

Speaking to reporters recently, Marta Escudero, who is moving into one of the El Sereno properties with her two daughters, reminded those in attendance that having a safe place to live – especially during COVID-19 – is part of keeping the community healthy.

"I want to emphasize that housing is a health issue, and we are having a health crisis right now in this pandemic," Escudero said. "We need to act faster to occupy all of these vacant homes.”

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie


Coming Up Today, November 16

A man who was shot by Sheriff’s Deputies inside Harbor UCLA Medical Center last month has died, reports Josie Huang. He has been identified by family members as Nicholas Burgos. He was reportedly having a psychiatric crisis and using a metal medical device to break windows and equipment.

A new facility dedicated to homeless services will open in Huntington Beach this month. The center will provide emergency shelter for 174 adult men and women, reports Julia Paskin. Plus, the city of Long Beach will offer $500 monthly stipends to 150 artists who are struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Watch a Linda Ronstadt tribute concert, find out why it's so easy to get away with murder, celebrate Italian cuisine virtually, and more. Christine N. Ziemba has this week’s best online and IRL events.

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The Past 24 Hours In LA

Tommy Lasorda In ICU: Los Angeles Dodgers Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda, 93, is in intensive care in an Orange County hospital. The team didn’t reveal the reason for his hospitalization, only saying that he is resting comfortably.

Commemorating Saugus High: One year ago, a student opened fire at Saugus High School, killing two of his classmates and injuring three other people before turning the gun on himself. Victims, survivors and families came together for a virtual memorial Saturday night.


Photo of the Day

Performers at L.A. Dance Project’s “Drive-In Dances — The Betweens” on Nov. 14.

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